The reasons behind the rankings

Blog post by Christine Ross

Christine Ross, the president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, has 20 years of leadership experience in the business community. She is a visionary coalition builder guiding the Maryland Chamber’s efforts to improve competitiveness, attract and retain talent, grow jobs, engage the community and provide legislative advocacy.

Choosing a college is one of the toughest decisions a high schooler has to make.

 Fortunately, each fall the U.S. News & World Report publishes numerical rankings to help students narrow that search. While these lists are an insightful tool for those trying to decipher which choice is right for them, it’s also an exciting accolade for the schools that are recognized.

Our members, Loyola University of MarylandTowson University and Stevenson University were recently mentioned amongst the Best Regional Universities of the North, and have also been ranked as Best Value Schools.

 I want to reveal a few of the reasons behind these well-deserved rankings at the institutions that are shaping the future of our workforce—for the better.



Academic advancements

In tune with the growing demand for highly skilled workers and retention in the state, new courses focused on computer science and cyber gave some institutions an edge in the rankings.

Launch of the first data science major for undergraduates in the state

Launch of a new Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity and digital forensics

Renovations and expansions

We all know the value of the space in which one learns. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities can enhance students’ ability to innovate and grow. See the renovations and expansions that put these schools at the top of the list.

New science complex under construction, opening fall 2020

Renovation to improve the Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning 

Various enhancements to benefit campus culture

Curious to see how well your school ranked? Check out U.S. News & World Report’s College Rankings and Lists.

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